An absolutely brilliant and stunning goal from Hatem Ben Arfa this afternoon was the difference between these two teams, with Newcastle getting their first win at Goodison Park in 10 years.
But it was a great team performance and Newcastle manager Chris Hughotn will be able to take lots of positives out of this game, after last week’s shocker against Blackpool.
Cheick Tiote made a huge difference to the Newcastle midfield, and looked a class player with lots of Newcastle appearances ahead of him. On today’s performance this lad looks a terrific signing for the Newcastle club.
When you consider this was this Cheick’s first game in the Premier League, he looked class, full of energy and won the ball for Newcastle all the time, and it looms like he could make a big difference in midfield for Newcastle.
One downer for Newcastle is that goalkeeper Steve Harper was carried off on a stretcher in the first half, after clashing with Jermaine Beckford, with what looked like a shoulder injury – and we have to hope that Steve is not out for too long.
But today 22 year-old Dutchman Tim Krul came in once again – and got the job done – and kept a clean sheet, although this was Tim’s first appearance ever in the Premier League.
Everton got off to a better start than the Magpies this afternoon, but after 20 minutes Newcastle came into the game and were the better side form then on, with Cheick Tiote playing well in midfield, and Routledge so much more lively on the right wing, than he was last week.
Newcastle were gradually getting on top in the first half and then the mercurial Ben Arfa produced what may be the goal of the season for Newcastle.
The Frenchman was a full 10 yards outside the penalty area, with Everton players in front of him, and no presumed danger at all to the Everton goal. But the 23 year-old moved slowly to his left and then beat an Everton player and hit the ball like a proverbial missile with his left foot, right into the top right hand corner – what an unbelievable goal from the Frenchman!
The fact that goalkeeper Tim Howard had no chance at all, showed you just how beautifully this lad hit the ball – a goal to remember and this was his full Newcastle debut?
He is quickly becoming the darling of the Newcastle fans, and if he can produce goals like this Newcastle will win a lot of close games, simply because of his sheer class – it’s as simple as that.
At half time Newcastle deserved their 1-0 lead and in the second half they were just as good, with Joey Barton having a wonderful game today, especially in the second half.
James Perch is nothing if not consistent, and unfortunately he picked up his fifth booking of the season – in his five games so far – and will now suffer a one-match ban.
And with 15 minutes left the referee amazingly failed to give a penalty to Newcastle, when Kevin Nolan was fouled from behind by Coleman in the penalty box.
Of course Ben Arfa and maybe Tiote will get the headlines for today’s great win, but Joey Barton had another terrific game for the Magpies today – let’s make no mistake about that.
Both Kevin Nolan and Chris Hughton told the doubting Newcastle fans last week, that they would learn quickly from their poor display last Saturday, when we missed so many chances and lost our 16 month unbeaten home record.
But this was a great Newcastle team display, away from home, at a stadium where we haven’t won for a full decade.
The team should take the accolades for a very very good performance this afternoon, where the lads played some excellent football.
A great win for Newcastle and just a fantastic winning goal from our new boy Ben Arfa.
Fantastic – and the lads made us so proud this afternoon.
Well done lads!